June 13th, 2013
Alex Sibley and Charles Meyer III met in the Santa Cruz Mountains back in February of 2012 while playing at the same party. “He was tripping out at a track I was playing and came up to offer his compliments,” recalls 25-year-old Charles Meyer III, also known as Eelrack. “Then we talked after and kicked it the whole night with him and my girlfriend.” The subject in question is his current partner-in-crime, 22-year-old, California native Alex Sibley. Fresh off their exciting debut on the main stage at Chicago’s first ever Electric Daisy Carnival over Memorial Day weekend, I caught up with them at Chicago’s legendary club SpyBar, a place known to regularly host some of the most highly regarded house music talent in the world. Currently high on the Insomniac watch list, the talented up and comers freely discussed their current projects, the current United States dance music scene, and their passion for music, particularly the ever-evolving tech house genre.
“We want to get to the point where we’re at the forefront of the techno/tech house sound. We’re keeping this tradition that started here in Chicago, but we’re pushing it to new levels and new limits, and providing something completely fresh,” said Charles about their current goals and aspirations. They’re off to a good start. On June 3rd, Alex released his first EP on Carl Cox’s Intec label and it’s comprised of three groovy original productions. When asked how the achievement came about, he confesses that the road wasn’t a quick one,“I’ve known for a while and it’s one of the hardest parts about getting a release like that. You find out and it doesn’t happen for months and months but that’s part of the game. You just have to make good music, be patient and hope for the best!”
It’s no wonder that good things come to those who wait, as Trouble reached the top ten of Beatport’s tech house releases. “It’s been a dream come true,” he adds and expresses his gratitude. “I’m very grateful for them (Intec) releasing my music and believing and supporting an up and comer like me.” He further recalls how his personal hero, UK tech house maestro and Intec co-founder Jon Rundell, helped sign him to the label. “I decided to send a message to Jon after making a track that reminded me a lot of the music that he’s playing. He responded with ‘I love it, I’m going to play this out,’ and for me just being this producer who’s just sitting at the house and screwing around, to having this guy who I look up to play my song, it just hit something and turned the light on.” The excitement and gratitude is beaming out of the young producer as he tells us how this release came about.
Excitement and gratitude were also two very clear emotions that could constantly be heard in Charles’ voice as he described his debut on EDC’s main stage. “It was amazing! I had even less people there than Alex and I played an hour before him, but it didn’t fucking matter. It was the time of my life!” Up to this point, he has been producing under his other alias, Crunch Theory, with whom fans of electro or breakbeat may be more familiar with. “I’ve been all over the place, getting the full spectrum of dance music for the past five years. It’s all purified now where I can’t move forward without tech house and techno,” he adds with determination.
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Two hours later, I met up with them in the upper section of Chicago’s newest super club Castle, where the two threw down a late night set in one of the venue’s multiple rooms called The Pool House. Away from the masses and surrounded by an assortment of house music purists, drummers, and fellow DJs and producers, the two continued their assault on Chicago’s rapidly expanding club scene. “You can play tech house shit almost anywhere now-a-days and people will be vibing to it,” Charles assures me as the room starts to get crowded. “People are becoming more aware that this music even exists,” Alex informs me in between dropping tracks by Shadow Child and Sean Random. “I think people are starting to develop the ear for tech house out here and the only thing we can do is play the music that we feel and hope that the people connect to it,” he later adds. Judging by the crowd’s reaction, the mood, and surroundings, they have nothing to worry about. Expect to hear more from these guys soon as they are scheduled to play on the main stage at EDC Las Vegas and multiple other gigs around the United States and Europe this summer.
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Words by: James Kabat